Sylvia K. Barnes

Founder & Principal, Tanda Resources

Sylvia Barnes is an owner and co-founder of Tanda Resources LLC, a privately-held oil & gas company, and since 2015 has been a Principal involved in upstream investments and consulting.  She has over 30 years of oil & gas financial experience and a background in engineering. 

As a banker Ms. Barnes successfully executed a variety of mergers, acquisitions and divestiture transactions, and advised on public and private equity offerings and private debt and equity placements.  From 2011 – 2015, Ms. Barnes served as Managing Director and Group Head for KeyBanc Capital Markets Oil & Gas Investment and Corporate Banking Group and was a member of the firm's Executive Committee.  Prior to joining KeyBanc, she was Head of Energy Investment Banking at Madison Williams, and Managing Director at Merrill Lynch's energy investment banking practice. She joined Merrill as part of the firm's acquisition of Petrie Parkman & Co.  Prior to that Ms. Barnes worked as Managing Director and SVP for Nesbitt Burns, including serving as head of the firm's U.S. energy investment banking group and working in various capacities at Nesbitt Burns and its parent company, Bank of Montreal.  

Ms. Barnes is a member of the board of directors of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. and serves as Chairperson of the Governance Committee and is a Member of the Audit and Conflicts Committees.  Previously she served on the board of directors of Pure Acquisition Corp., Ultra Petroleum Corp., SandRidge Energy Inc. and Halcon Resources Corporation and was a Member of various Committees and Chaired the Audit, Compensation and Independent Directors Special Committees.  

Ms. Barnes began her career as a reservoir engineer for Esso Resources.  She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Dean's List), was a licensed professional engineer in Alberta and earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from York University. 

Ms. Barnes is active in oil & gas industry activities and the Houston community. She currently is Chairperson of the Santa Maria Hostel Foundation, and previously served on the board of directors of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, the Houston Producers Forum and the Houston Energy Finance Group.  She also is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).